We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year! For more information, inquire here.


Manhattan Country School faculty and staff work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, warmth and commitment to the vision and mission of the school. Our community of more than 50 employees, in New York City and at our 180-acre farm in the Catskills, mirror the diversity of our student body. 

Current job openings are listed below. Application instructions are provided within each job posting. 

Manhattan Country School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies.
MCS supports teacher-training programs at Bank Street College, City College, New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University, among others, so there are opportunities each year for assistant, student and intern teachers in many of our classrooms, as well as at the MCS Farm. Résumés and cover letters for these positions are accepted in the early spring for the following school year. To be considered, please email Ellen Porter

Current Employment Opportunities

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Farm-Based Education Internship

    The Manhattan Country School Farm is seeking candidates for its Farm-Based Education Internship for the 2020-21 school years.

    The MCS Farm, located in New York’s Catskill Mountains, is the rural campus of Manhattan Country School, a diverse and progressive elementary and middle school in New York City.

    The Farm-Based Education Intern consists of two overlapping parts: a residential component that includes overnight responsibilities and some kitchen duties. An educational component includes participation in our Experiential Education Program run by our Farm Faculty.

    The Farm-Based Education Intern is supported by the Farm Director and faculty mentors. The intern will gain incredible, hands on experience while making a positive impact on the lives of others. 
    Applicants should be eager, positive, mindful, and patient. A MCS Farm intern must possess the ability to work collaboratively with both children and adults. Candidates should be comfortable working outside, rain, snow or shine. 
    • Candidates must be at least twenty one years old
    • possess a valid driver’s license
    • have current First Aid, CPR, AED and epi pen certification
    • Due to the rural location, a car is required.
    The internship begins Aug. 1, 2020 and ends July 31, 2021. A stipend of $1000, per month, with room and most meals provided.
    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to John McDaniel at jmcdaniel@manhattancountryschool.org.   


  • 5th and 6th Grade Math Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced math teacher who brings passion and skill to teaching and working with children, as well as a commitment to social justice, equity, and diversity. MCS is in the process of doubling enrollment, and this will be the first time that we have a departmentalized math teacher for 5th and 6th grades. The 5th and 6th grade math teacher will work in close collaboration with the 5th and 6th grade homeroom teachers and will report to the Upper School Director. This is an in-person position. 
    Duties and Responsibilities
    The 5th and 6th grade math teacher engages students in an inquiry-based curriculum that balances conceptual understanding and number sense with skill building, efficiency, and accuracy. The Upper School uses the Connected Math Program as a base, along with other resources. Incorporating social justice into math classes is an important value. We have a documented curriculum, and there is room for teachers to develop and refine curriculum. The math teacher will
    • oversee the 5th and 6th grade math program, teaching number sense, factors and multiples, division, fractions, decimals, percent, ratios, geometry, probability, and statistics
    • incorporate differentiation in the math curriculum to meet the needs of a range of students
    • participate in annual special math events and activities, including the Pi Day and the Social Justice Data Fair
    • collaborate with the 7th and 8th grade math teacher to adjust and refine vertical alignment
    • give students regular feedback and communicate with families, including writing reports and leading conferences
    • accompany students on two 1-week trips to our Catskills farm
    • possibly teach an elective
    • fulfill other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
    • collaborate with the 5th and 6th grade team on sustaining a dynamic program and developing interdisciplinary opportunities, including social justice work

    Requirements and Qualifications
    • Full-time teaching experience 
    • Masters degree in math or math education preferred
    • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
    • Provide examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in adolescents and evidence of capable writing
    • Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
    • Ability to work closely with a dedicated team of teachers, the math coordinator, and the Upper School director
    • Integrate technology, including Google applications, laptops/iPads, smartboard/projector, math applications, etc.
    • Self-starter, take initiative, have a sense of humor, and demonstrate strong listening and communication skills
    • Prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus
    Manhattan Country School (MCS) is a pre K-8th co-educational elementary school in NYC recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, and an environmental literacy program that features a working farm in the Catskills. MCS recently relocated and is in the process of doubling its enrollment and expanding its program in new facilities in NYC and at the MCS Farm. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice. For more information, see www.manhattancountryschool.org

    To apply:
    Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Ruben Ortiz at rortiz@manhattancountryschool.org with “5th and 6th grade math teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please.  
  • People Partner

    The People Partner will drive and execute HR strategies to ensure a great employee experience while supporting MCS’ operational goals and objectives. Reporting to the School Director, the People Partner will work closely across all departments to design and execute on our people strategy including developing and implementing programs related to onboarding, offboarding, employee engagement, training, union and labor relations, and DEI initiatives. 

    Duties and Responsibilities: 
    The People Partner will be responsible for the following scope of work: 
    ? Engagement, Performance Evaluation & Communication 
    ? Implement innovative, out-of-the-box strategies to excite and engage employees in the organizational mission 
    ? Serve as strategic advisor to leaders across the school around effective human resources management practices to improve work relationships, build morale and increase performance and retention 
    ? Design and conduct semi-annual employee engagement strategies to assess workplace culture, team and management dynamic 
    ? Facilitate mid-year and annual staff evaluation process in tandem with directors and assistant directors that assesses annual and learning goals progress 
    ? Establish a clear, equitable conflict resolution process anchored in MCS’ core values and commitment to advocacy 
    ? Mediate employee relations matters resolving employee and managerial inquiries and concerns 
    ? Develop an excellent service model for efficient HR processes, i.e. onboarding/offboarding, performance evaluations, benefits management, employee relations issues, payroll, etc. 
    ? Monitor HR inquiries via email and in-person communications to build a transparent communication process
    ? Liaison with union representatives to resolve all unionized employee-related concerns
    ? Draft HR-related organization-wide communications for the Director 

    Talent Acquisition 
    ? Work with senior leaders to identify their recruitment needs and design, develop, and manage the full hiring process 
    ? Develop standard job descriptions aligned with competency maps for each role
    ? Build and maintain diverse candidate pipelines through networking and educational partnership 
    ? Represent MCS at external and virtual hiring and job fairs to increase the school’s visibility 
    ? Conduct quarterly recruiting meeting with managers to stay abreast on talent needs and performance 
    PEO Management & Compensation 
    ? Oversee ADP TotalSource PEO implementation process and utilization
    ? Coordinate employees on the ADP TotalSource PEO enrollment and leave process
    ? Facilitate annual compensation reviews with the Director and prepare the necessary documentation 
    ? Manage employee compensation updates in conjunction with senior leaders
    ? Review and approve payrolls via ADP TotalSource PEO to ensure accuracy
    ? Manage special situations including garnishments (e.g. child support, tax levies) and state agency requests (e.g. unemployment, disability, payroll taxes) 

    ? Passionate commitment to MCS’ mission and to high standards of excellence
    ? Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships with stakeholders across functional and organizational lines 
    ? Experience with ADP TotalSource PEO or another PEO is a plus 
    ? Experience resolving employee relations matters with union and non-union employees and translating CBAs guidelines 
    ? Bachelor degree with at least 6-8 years of HR work experience 
    ? At least 5 years of Human Resources or related experience 
    ? Professional in Human Resources (PHR) preferred; SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, etc. is a plus 
    ? Working knowledge of FMLA, COBRA, ADA, ACA, ERISA, CARES, FFCRA and FLSA and retirement plan and other (health insurance, disability, dental, etc.) benefits administration 
    ? Exceptional verbal and written communication skills 
    ? Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and ADP HRB/Portal Administration (a must) 
    ? Demonstrated knowledge with work experience may substitute for a certificate
    ? Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high-quality work in a dynamic environment 
    ? Experience with a growing organization or upstate/downstate campuses is a plus.

    MCS offers a competitive compensation package, commensurate with the level of experience, plus benefits. 

    To Apply: Please send a resume and three (3) references to Ruben Ortiz rortiz@manhattancountryschool.org. No phone calls, please.
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